Object Title

Dagger hilt

Dagger hilt

Date

1800-1900

Object Number

XXVID.203

Provenance

Previously in the Richard Wagner Jr. Collection; published as cat.no. 3-15 in the catalogue 'Arms of the Paladins: The Richard Wagner Jr. Collection of Fine Eastern Weapons' by Oliver S. Pinchot.

Physical Description

The dagger hilt takes the traditional waisted shape associated with the khanjar form of dagger. It is fashioned from carved elephant or walrus ivory. Both of the main faces of the hilt have decorative panels depicting two figures embracing. One of these panels shows two men, one wearing clothes that are European in appearance, the other in attire that is more Persian or Caucasian in style. There are cartouches bordering the top and bottom of this panel with an inscription which seems to be taken from the Quran (61:13), roughly translating as 'Help from God and imminent victory'. The other panel seems to show a woman and a man standing under a canopy or roof. The cartouches on this side do not show inscriptions, but rather a radiating design which could represent the sun, or a flower. All of the decorative panels are surrounded by beaded borders. There is a recess and hole at the base of the hilt, where the tang of the blade was previously inserted. The pommel section of the hilt is topped by a flat, smooth surface.

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth26 mm
OverallHeight122 mm
OverallWeight0.182 kg
OverallWidth52 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
Quotation from the Quran (61:13), which roughly translates as 'Help from God and imminent victory'.
Cartouches bordering top and bottom of hilt on one side
Carving

Associations

Places Persia/Asia

Notes

This hilt was previously part of a Persian khanjar (dagger); it was fitted with a curved blade with inlaid inscriptions and a scabbard covered in velvet and embossed brass mounts. The blade and scabbard were later detached; they are not part of this collection.